Home Depot and Best Buy have pulled the products of Chinese technology surveillance manufacturers from their shelves associated with human rights violations, according to TechCrunch. Both have stopped selling products from US retail giants Lorex and Ezviz, while Lowe no longer carries previous products. Lorex is a subsidiary of Dahua Technology, while Ezviz is a surveillance technology brand owned by Hikvision. As TechCrunch Explaining, the U.S. government added Dahua and Hickvision to its economic blacklist in 2019 for their role Mass surveillance Uyghur Muslims in the province Xinjiang.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times Dahua, the owner of Lorex, has released a report detailing how facial recognition software developed by Dahua is being purchased from law enforcement agencies as a way to identify Uyghurs. A user guide to the service speaks to the ability to visually identify people passing by in front of his or her camera. Meanwhile, Hickvision cameras have been installed in mosques and detention camps in Xinjiang, according to a 2019 New York Times Maya Wang, a researcher for Human Rights Watch in China, then told the publication: “These systems are designed for a very clear purpose – to target Muslims.”
A Report On human rights abuses in China, the State Department said the Chinese government “arbitrarily detained members of the Uighur, ethnic Kazakh, Kyrgyz and other Muslim and ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang. Chinese human rights defenders have complained about the detention.” Length or location information was not provided. ” Human rights groups believe there are more than one million Uighurs Detention In detention, but China has continued Denial Complaint
It’s not clear why retail giants have now decided to pull off Lorex and EzViz products, but consumers have been able to buy their security cameras freely over the past few years after their parent companies were blacklisted by the U.S. economy. Home Depot said TechCrunch That it is “committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical sourcing and [it] It stopped selling products from Lorex as soon as it was brought [the company’s] Attention. ”Best Buy simply told the publication that it was“ closing its relationship ”with both Lorex and Ezviz.
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